Rocket Lab’s CAPSTONE Launch to Moon Slips a Day to NET Tuesday

A project funded by NASA’s Small Business Technology Transfer program could help improve the efficiency of solar cells for space missions and use on Earth. Here, a team member installs solar panels onto the CAPSTONE spacecraft – short for Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment – before its launch to the Moon. (Image Credit: NASA/Dominic Hart)

Rocket Lab tweeted:

To allow time for final systems checks, we’re now targeting no earlier than June 28 for the launch of CAPSTONE for @NASA & @AdvancedSpace. The trajectory design means the spacecraft will arrive at its lunar orbit on Nov. 13 regardless of launch date between now and July 27.